Shaastra Fest Gets Underway at IIT-M

It is a confluence that has brought together faculty, students and industrialists under one roof for exchange of ideas.

Published: 04th January 2014 07:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th January 2014 07:58 AM   |  A+A-


It is a confluence that has brought together faculty, students and industrialists under one roof for exchange of ideas.

The platform is Shaastra, the annual technical festival of the Indian Institute of Technology. And the theme: Breaking Boundaries.

Inaugurating the ‘Research Confluence’ on Friday, IIT-M director Bhaskar Ramamurthi described the four-day event as a turning point in the evolution of Shaastra.

“Students are coming out with new ideas, innovations and building gadgets,” he said. “It is also facilitating interaction between post-graduate and under-graduate students, which is not common even in advanced countries,” he added.

Besides, the event also facilitated the students’ early entry into research and in gaining greater exposure to research, he pointed out.

Stating that the ‘Lunar Rover Challenge’ was the high point of the festival, Ramamurthi said the festival gave students an opportunity to collaborate with Team Indus, India’s sole representative at the Google Lunar X Prize, in creating a robot that might make it to the moon.

A model of the lunar surface was being created inside the campus for that purpose, he added.

The director said the recommendations of the Kakodkar Committee had been introduced and an orientation programme was held for 500 research scholars admitted to the institution in January. 

He released a research magazine ‘Immerse’, brou- ght out by Shaastra and The Fifth Estate, summarising research activities.

Stay up to date on all the latest Chennai news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

facebook twitter whatsapp